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22 May, The Studio, Glasgow

Energy and Fuel Poverty Conference
The Studio, Glasgow

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Tue, 22 May from
09:00 to 16:30 (BST)


The Studio
67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

About the Event

Increasing energy efficiency is a major priority for housing associations. Providing affordable warmth is an important goal, yet fuel poverty levels remain stubbornly high. At the same time, Scottish Government Climate Change Targets have resulted in tough Energy Efficiency Standards  for Social Housing to be met by 2020.

This conference will hear about three major pieces of Scottish Government policy that will shape housing associations' work on energy efficiency and fuel poverty in the coming years.


These are the targets that will supersede EESSH after 2020, with challenging targets being set for 2032. The Scottish Government will give a keynote speech on the proposals they are consulting on.

A New Fuel Poverty Strategy

Delegates will hear presentations on the new fuel poverty strategy, what it means for tenants, and whether it is ambitious enough.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)

SEEP is the 15-20 year programme to address fuel poverty and to support a transition to low carbon heat and energy. Hear directly about proposals for SEEP and the SEEP roadmap.

The event will also feature examples of good practice and innovation including energy advice, retrofitting energy efficiency, district heating and smart energy grids. 

Come along to hear the major policy initiatives that will steer housing associations' work on energy efficiency and fuel poverty, to hear examples of best practice and innovation, and to network and share ideas and challenges.

The McDermott Group is proud to be the main sponsor of the SFHA’s Energy and Fuel Poverty Conference.

The McDermott Group is a leading privately owned collection of diverse and dynamic forward thinking companies operating throughout Scotland. The multi-disciplined group has grown organically over the past 40 years and specialises in market sectors, including construction, property investment and development, survey, mechanical services, heating, plumbing, electrical services, renewable technologies and district heating schemes.

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings to combat fuel poverty is an important issue for McDermott Group and is reflected in its work which includes the installation of energy efficient district heating networks. In the last 12 months, McDermott Group has designed and installed six district heating networks connecting more than 800 properties to energy efficient district heating.

McDermott Group places emphasis on investing in the skills of local young people and offering career opportunities through the McDermott Training Academy. It recently worked with the charity Action for Children Scotland to employ young adults from Glasgow and Inverclyde, training them to be Domestic Energy Assessors. Upon successful completion of this work placement and associated professional qualification, each of the trainees will be offered a permanent position with McDermott Group.     


We return to The Studio, a modern, bright venue located in Glasgow's city centre offering easy access from all major transport links.

How to Book

Prices start at £219 for members and £299 for non members. To book a place, please use the 'Book Now' button on this page or e-mail events@sfha.co.uk.

Take advantage of our offer and book TWO places and get a THIRD free! 

Delivered in Partnership

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Speakers & Biographies

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Norman Kerr
Energy Action Scotland

Norman became Director of Energy Action Scotland in April 2005, having previously been Development Manager and Deputy Director since 1996.  Prior to this he worked with Heatwise Glasgow for 12 years as Production Unit Manager with responsibility for delivering the organisation’s energy efficiency programmes.

Norman is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Partnership Forum having previously been Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum and a member of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group.  Norman also sat on the Scottish Government’s Regulation of Energy Efficiency in the Private Sector (REEPS) Working Group.

He is Chairperson of ScottishPower’s Energy People Trust, a trustee of the Aberdeen Combined Heat and Power Company, a member of the NEA Executive Board and is an independent fuel poverty advisor to SSE. He is currently on the stakeholder engagement groups for both Distribution Network Operator companies (DNOs) in Scotland i.e. SP Energy Networks and Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks.

Norman was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to the Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and for voluntary and charitable work in Glasgow. Norman served 32 years in the Children’s Hearing system as a volunteer holding a number of posts at local and national levels before stepping down in June 2016.

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Ian Hutchcroft
Energiesprong UK

Ian works with Energiesprong UK to develop the market for net zero energy retrofit and new build, adapting the Dutch Energiesprong approach for the UK market.  He develops new opportunities with landlords and our partner organisations, and is leading early delivery projects.  He is also Innovation Director at Regen, Chair of Plymouth Energy Community, an Energy Saving Trust Associate, and has his own consulting business.  Ian has previously worked for Energy Saving Trust as Head of Delivery (England), local authorities and architects and has won an Ashden Award for sustainable energy innovation.

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Mark McArthur
Energy Saving Trust

Mark joined the Energy Saving Trust in 2007 and works with a range of partners to boost delivery of Energy Company Obligation (ECO) activity in Scotland.  He also supports local authorities and RSLs in attracting funding for and developing energy efficiency programmes.

Prior to that, Mark worked with East Lothian Council, initially managing insulation and heating installation/servicing programmes and later in a post developing affordable housing, encouraging sustainable design and preparing Local Housing Strategy approaches on energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

Prior to this Mark managed an Urban Aid project within Changeworks and worked in energy efficiency businesses in Dundee and Glasgow.

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Donnie Mackay
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association

Donnie Mackay is the Energy Advice Services Manager at Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association (LSHA). LSHA have run an in-home energy advice service for all LSHA tenants and the wider community in Skye and Lochalsh since Summer 2010.

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Ross Armstrong

Ross Armstrong is Managing Director of Warmworks Scotland, with end-to-end responsibility for the Warmworks business, whose aim is to deliver the £224m Warmer Homes Scotland contract on behalf of the Scottish Government over the next seven years. Ross has worked in the energy efficiency arena for more than a decade in a variety of operational, corporate and strategic leadership roles, with a diverse range of experience having worked with a range of local and central Government customers, as well as private sector organisations and domestic customers in delivering more than £2bn of contract revenue.

Ross graduated from Durham University in 2003 with an MA in Modern History. He is personally committed to tackling fuel poverty and promoting social justice, and has worked as a campaigner on many issues in a personal capacity.

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Ian Smith

Ian has 14 years’ experience in a senior management role within Changeworks, moving from Head of Waste Prevention to Head of Consultancy in 2011. The ten strong multi disciplinary Consultancy Team has considerable expertise in building energy efficiency and retrofit, energy and financial modelling, fuel poverty and householder engagement with energy technologies. Ian leads on strategic development and operational efficiency within the team who are currently involved with the development of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and supporting our Programme Management team who manage SEEP Pathfinder and HEEPS:ABS Projects.

Away from work he is a committed cyclist who enjoys a beer.

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